Staff Picks: The 14 Best Christmas Gifts We’re Giving This Year

Stuffed animals, eyeshadow palettes and Apple AirTags make great gifts this holiday season.


To CBS Essentials, we constantly shop online to find the best product recommendations and prices. So when it comes to finding gifts for our friends and family for Hanukkah and Christmas, we have a high bar to jump.

To help you do your own shopping this Christmas, the staff at CBS Essentials shared some of their favorite gift picks this holiday season. The identities of the presents are kept secret so as not to spoil any surprises on Christmas morning, but what about the presents themselves? These Christmas secrets are on display right here.

Want to know what gifts we’re most looking forward to giving this holiday season? Find below the best Christmas gifts we, the staff of CBS Essentials, are giving away this year. From an eye-catching eyeshadow palette to a pizza oven to a Lego construction kit, there’s something for everyone on your upcoming list.

(Want more gift ideas on a budget? Check out the best Christmas gift deals under $50 and the best Christmas gift deals under $100more these great stocking stuffers under $25.)

Huda Beauty Rose Quartz Eyeshadow Palette

HUDA BEAUTY Rose Quartz Eyeshadow Palette


The first giveaway on our list: Huda Beauty’s latest eyeshadow palette, inspired by rose quartz crystal, brings the wow factor with 18 shades in five textures, one of which is a gorgeous pearlescent gloss.

Huda Beauty Rose Quartz Eyeshadow Palette, $67

Ember² Smart Mug with Temperature Control

Ember² Smart Mug with Temperature Control

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“Everyone in my family is a slow, but chronic coffee drinker, so these mugs will save us from having to reheat our morning coffee every 20 minutes,” says an anonymous donor of the luxurious and useful Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug² , sold in four colors.

Smart mug with Ember² temperature control, $130

Women’s Ugg Scuffette mules in shearling

Ugg Women's Scuffette Shearling Mule Slippers


Who doesn’t love a pair of cozy slippers? Ugg’s women’s Scuffette shearling mule slippers are luxurious enough to feel like an indulgent gift, the giver explains, and can even be worn outside. Find them in a range of colors.

Ugg Women’s Scuffette Shearling Mule Slippers, $90

ABC What can it be? by Sugar Snap Studio

ABC What can it be?


Toddlers may get tired or bored with their toys, but they keep re-reading their favorite books. This board book will help its young recipient learn the alphabet while reminding her that she can be anything she wants to be.

ABC What can it be? by Sugar Snap Studio, $15

Gas pizza oven Ooni Koda 12

Gas pizza oven Ooni Koda 12


Restaurant-quality pizza for the loved one who prefers to cook outside (including pizza, of course)? Why not, with this gift of gasoline madness by Ooni?

Ooni Koda Gasoline Pizza Oven 12, $399

Guts: A Graphic Novel by Raina Telgemeier

Guts: A Graphic Novel


Author and artist Raina Telgemeier’s true story graphic novels are recommended reading for all tweens, says her giver. “Guts” tackles topics related to growing up and fears.

Guts: A Graphic Novel by Raina Telgemeier, $15

The Omsom package



This set from an Asian women-owned brand includes 12 meal starters that can prepare 24-36 meals. The packets include sauces, herbs and seasonings you need to make spicy Korean bulgogi, Vietnamese lemongrass barbecue and tastier dishes.

The Omsom Package, $55

echo dot

echo dot


Once someone in your home unit gets an Echo Dot smart speaker with Alexa, no one (and no room) wants to be left behind.

Echo Dot 3rd Gen, $20 (reduced from $40)

Lego Nintendo Entertainment System Building Kit

LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System building kit


This highly involved Lego build – it’s a 2,646 piece set – is filled with lots of fun secrets and Super Mario Bros Easter eggs.

Lego Nintendo Entertainment System Building Kit, $230

Jellycat Bashful Marty Moose Plush

Jellycat Bashful Marty Moose Stuffed Animal


This moose stuffed animal for toddlers (or adults, for that matter) is just as soft in person. His ultra-soft fur and supple rag doll construction make him very huggable. Recommended for all ages.

Jellycat Bashful Marty Moose Plush, $25

MindKoo wireless headphones

MindKoo Bluetooth Wireless Headphones


These cat-ear shaped Bluetooth headphones are offered for a teenager… and an older person too. The lights flash and change in seven different colors to the beat of the music.

MindKoo Wireless Headphones, $40

Beyblade Burst Surge Speedstorm Volt Knockout Battle Pack

BEYBLADE Burst Surge Speedstorm Volt Knockout Battle Set


Have a holiday battle with this set that includes two right/left-spin launchers and two spinning tops. This kid-requested battle set for ages 8 and up will keep them busy for hours this holiday season.

Beyblade Burst Surge Speedstorm Volt Knockout Battle Set, $26 (was $37)

Apple AirTags

Leather Apple AirTag keychain


Apple AirTags, which help you track items in the Find My app, make great gifts for family members who always seem to misplace — well, everything. To kick the gift up a notch, its giver also includes leather key fobs in a few colors, so the recipient can mix and match with different handbags.

Apple AirTag, $29

Apple AirTag Leather Keychain, $32 (was $35)

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